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Josephine Baker was the first black woman to achieve the status of a world famous entertainer or to star in a major motion picture. Born in 1906 in St Louis, Missouri she moved to France in the 1920’s because she refused to perform in segregated venues in the United States.
During World War II, she assisted with the French Resistance and received several awards from the French government for her contributions to the Resistance. She is also known for her contributions to the civil rights movement. Baker passed away in 1975.
I found her to be an intriguing personality and have purchased several items as gifts for my wife.